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Our Vision

Improved health access and outcomes in South Africa and beyond

Our Mission

A renowned African organisation driving change for effective and equitable health systems

​Our Approach

A PHC and implementation science approach that is inspired by:
  • Continuous quality improvement and capacity development 
  • People-centred 
  • Collaborative 
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Evidence-based, locally driven 
  • Innovative​​

​Our core values

Our values as an organisation always motivate us to aim higher and strive to be and do better. They are easily remembered by the acronym ASPIIRE which captures the essence of who we are:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions, performance and business outcomes
    • We are answerable to our clients, stakeholders and each other
    • We abide by applicable legal standards and regulations that affect our business
    • We are goal-oriented, pro-active and constantly seek to improve ourselves
  • Synergy – We achieve more by working as a team
    • We work collaboratively within the organisation and with external stakeholders
    • We actively engage with colleagues and partners to strengthen our impact
    • We recognise that there is creativity and problem solving in diversity
  • People-centred – We focus on the needs of our people and provide support and services
    • We uphold and defend everyone’s right to health and wellbeing
    • We involve people and are receptive and responsive to their needs
    • We strive to make people feel safe, empowered and treated fairly
  • Integrity – We maintain our honesty at all times
    • We engage with everyone honestly and in good faith
    • We hold others and ourselves accountable for what we do and say
    • We uphold the highest ethical standards and abide by our code of conduct
  • Innovation – We are change agents, open to new ideas and possibilities
    • We are on a journey to continuously develop ourselves and others
    • We strive to harness technology to drive change in healthcare
    • We strive to find unique solutions and innovations to respond to the challenges faced by a changing world
  • Respect – We treat others with dignity
    • We show consideration for other’s interests, rights and well-being
    • We always consider and recognise the diverse opinions of others
    • We treat others in the way we would like to be treated
  • Excellence – We strive to be outstanding in all we do
    • We uphold the highest standards of professionalism
    • We are intentional in the execution of evidence-based interventions for our clients
    • We focus on growth and development to be the best in the field

​Our Board of Trustees

  • Professor Salome Maswime

    Salome Maswime is a Full Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at UCT; and an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She is a member of the Academy of Science South Africa. She is the vice-President of the Women in Global Health South Africa; and member of the FIGO Committee on Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction. After specialising she completed her MMED and PHD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has received numerous awards for her research contribution, including the trailblazer and young achiever award by the President of South Africa in 2017, and the 20 Young Shapers of the Future in Health and Medicine by Encyclopedia Brittanica.

  • Mr Leo Deodutt
    Deputy Chairperson

    Mr Leo Deodutt has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy, and a Master's degree in Taxation (UDW), and is currently finalising his DBA at UKZN's Graduate School of Business and Leadership. He is a Senior Lecturer based at UKZN's School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, where he is responsible for the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) accredited programmes. His focal areas include investments, portfolio construction, taxation and audit and risk management. He is the former acting Head of Internal Audit (UDW) and is currently serving as the Chairman of the UKZN Provident Fund and the Chairman of the UKZN Pension and Provident Fund's Investment committee. He is an active researcher, having successfully supervised many Masters students, and has published in High Impact Journals.

  • Dr Peter Barron
    2nd Deputy Chairperson

    ​Dr Peter Barron is an independent public health consultant with extensive experience of health systems research, monitoring and evaluation, health sector management and delivery of primary health care and health systems strengthening, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (including in-depth expertise in the management of HIV, TB and MCH programmes). He has a keen understanding of The Global Fund and how it works at global and country levels. He has a background in accounting and understands the issues of health financing and sustainability from a developing country, sub-Saharan African perspective. He was a member of the TERG of The Global Fund (2018 to 2022) and is an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand (since 2017).

  • Ms Lerato Matsau
    HST Trustee

    Ms Lerato Matsau is a human resources practitioner and consultant with extensive private sector and NPO experience. She holds BA (Psychology and Sociology) and BSc Hons (Psychology) degrees.  She is the Director of the Human Palette, a human resource management and training consulting firm, is a certified facilitator and assessor for the Education Training and Development (EDTP) SETA and serves on the boards of Deliver a youth development NGO and Argon Securities​.

  • Ms Lalita Harie
    HST Trustee

    Lalita Harie has an illustrious career in the mental health field, spanning over 40 years, of which almost 20 were served as Executive Director of a large mental health NGO in South Africa. Ms Harie has a wealth of experience in strategy, people and community development, operational management, governance, and service delivery. Her formal qualifications include a BA in Social Work, an Honours in Psychology, and a host of courses in leadership and governance. She has received numerous recognition awards and acknowledgements, including being selected by the U.S Department of State for Mental Health Programmes for their International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) twice, the second time as an IVLP Gold Star Alumni Participant. She has also participated in numerous conferences in the mental health field. 

  • Adv. Bridgette Sehlapelo
    HST Trustee

    Advocate Bridgette Sehlapelo holds an LLB degree, LLM (Masters in Tax), Certificate in Legislation drafting, and Certificate in Competition Law from the University of Pretoria. She further holds an MBL (Masters in Business Leadership) degree from UNISA School of Business Leadership. She was admitted as an Attorney in 2002 and started her career as a practising Attorney and later moved to various state-owned enterprises where she was an in-house legal practitioner on different levels, including Senior management/Executive.  During her tenure as an in-house legal practitioner, she worked in different institutions, specialising in various areas of law. Advocate Sehlapelo later joined the Advocate's Bar where she is presently practising as an Advocate.  

  • Mr Lerole David Mametja
    HST Trustee

    Lerole David Mametja is currently the Head of Department, Core Operations with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Prior to that, he was Chief Programme Officer of the TB and HIV Care (an NGO that supports South Africa’s response to its twin epidemics of TB and HIV), as well as the National TB Programme (NTP) Manager (Chief Director), in the National Department of Health for 11 years until June 2019. He has more than 20 years of experience in public health. He has held executive management positions, including as CEO of the Health Systems Trust (HST), an NGO supporting public-private partnerships in health. He served as Programme Executive of TB HIV Care until December 2019, and has been a Non-executive Director/Board Member from January 2020. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, New York.

  • Prof ​Zitha Mokomane
    HST Trustee

    ​Zitha Mokomane, who holds Master's and PhD degrees in Demography from the Australian National University, is currently Professor and Head in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. Prior to that, she was Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) where she undertook policy-oriented research in various research programmes including Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation. She has extensive research, policy and programmatic expertise in the areas of family demography, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, social protection, social policy analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation. She holds C2 rating from the National Research Foundation. Those rated at this level are established researchers in their area of research with some international recognition for the quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

  • ​Dr. Krishna Vallabhjee
    HST Trustee

    ​Dr. Krishna Vallabhjee is a medical doctor and public health specialist with 41 years of experience in the public health sector, including 11 years of front-line service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal province and 26 years in senior management in the Western Cape Department of Health.  He has extensive knowledge and experience leading and managing health services and strengthening health systems through systems thinking, providing strategic leadership, developing health sector policies and strategies, developing public health intelligence, tracking health systems performance, and overseeing digital/health information systems. He currently serves a technical advisor to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). 

  • Prof ​Christo Heunis
    HST Trustee

    ​Christo Heunis is an associate professor at the Centre for Health Systems Research & Development, University of the Free State, South Africa. His research interest is in public health systems strengthening – particularly regarding programmes to mitigate tuberculosis (TB), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and the TB-HIV co-epidemic. Heunis is the vice-chairperson of the Free State Health Research Committee, a statutory body serving to coordinate health research and facilitate the efficient utilisation of limited health research resources. He is also a member of the National Health Research Committee with its mandate to set health research priorities. He has authored/co-authored ten book chapters and more than 50 articles and has supervised or is currently supervising six doctoral and 36 master's degree candidates. He has held an 'established researcher' ranking with the National Research Foundation since 2007.

  • Mr Anthony Kinghorn
    HST Trustee

    ANTHONY KINGHORN - MBBCh (Wits) MA (Oxon) BSc (Wits) DHFM (UCT) - is a health economist, doctor and public health practitioner with over 30 years of experience in health systems research, planning and advocacy through work with government and non-government partners at local, national, regional and global levels. He has a particular interest in producing and using public health and economic information in effective processes to enhance prioritisation and value for money in practical decision-making for policy, sectoral and programme planning, and health system strengthening. His work has mainly covered Southern, Eastern, West African and global initiatives. He is currently a Health Finance Specialist at the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria. Prior to this he worked as Director for the UNAIDS Technical Support Mechanism (TSM). In this and previous work he has focused on increasing the efficiency, effectiv

  • Dr Themba Moeti

    Dr Themba Moeti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Systems Trust. He qualified in medicine and public health from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He brings several years experience in the areas of health systems policy development and programme implementation, HIV and TB. He has co-authored several articles in the areas of HIV and TB. He serves as a member of the National HIV Think Tank and the Community Health Worker Think Tank of the National Department of Health.

  • Mr Rudolf Mfundo Mbanjwa
    HST Trustee

    ​Rudolf Mbanjwa is a Managing Director at RMMCA Inc., an auditing practice which he founded in 2019. He is a former lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in the Auditing discipline within the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Rudolf is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Registered Auditor. He also holds a Masters in Accounting degree from UKZN, which he completed with a dissertation that investigated ethics and the professional scepticism of accountants and auditors. Rudolf also holds a Batchelors in Theology from Cornerstone School of the Spirit. He has extensive experience in both private and public sector auditing – having previously worked at EY, SNG-GT, Auditor-General, and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). Rudolf has a keen interest in good governance of organisation and in ethical conduct of accountants and auditors. He is a former board member at Meals on Wheels K

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​Our Executive Committee

  • 1
    • Chief Executive Officer

      ​Dr Themba Moeti is the current Chief Executive Officer of Health Systems Trust.  He serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Rural Hea...

  • 2
    • Director: Health Systems Strengthening Unit
      Ronel Visser is currently the Director of our Health Systems Strengthening Unit.  She is a member of the National Health Data Advisory Committee and of the Ministerial Committee for d...
  • 3
    • Director: Corporate Services

      Deena Govender is the Director of Corporate Services. He is a member in good standing of the South Institute of Professional Accountants and frequently advises other non...
  • 4
    • Chief Human Resources Officer

      ​​Liabo Molapo joined the Health Systems Trust in June 2022 as Chief Human Resources Officer. She is responsible for the Human Resources of the organisation and for ensuring that, in collabor...

  • 5
    • Chief Financial Officer

      ​Melini Moodley is HST's Chief Financial Officer leading the Finance, Grants and Compliance functions. She is a registered Chartered Accountant with extensive exp...

  • 6
    • Director: Research and Implementation Science Unit

      ​Ashnie Padarath is a public health specialist with over 20 years of mixed-methods research, knowledge translation, and advocacy experience in the field of health equity and health systems strengt...


  • Adcock Ingram
  • Aquity Innovations NPC
  • DG Murray Trust
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa
  • Johnson & Johnson Foundation
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF)
  • South African National Department of Health
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
  • The ELMA Philanthropies
  • The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  • University of Cape Town
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • ViiV Healthcare UK Ltd
  • Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute


  • Anova Health Institute
  • ASG IT Support Services
  • BroadReach Healthcare
  • Delft Imaging Systems
  • Eastern Cape Department of Health
  • Equity Health Consulting
  • Free State Department of Health
  • Gauteng Department of Health
  • Genius Quality
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Grounded Media (Pty) Ltd
  • Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Health Information Systems Programme (HISP)
  • Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
  • Imperial College London
  • Insight Actuaries & Consultants
  • Institute for Health Measurement Southern Africa
  • Integration of TB in Education and Care for HIV/AIDS (iTEACH)
  • Interactive Research and Development SA
  • Kavaraco (Pty) Ltd
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
  • Limpopo Department of Health
  • Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Institute (MatCH)
  • Mpilonhle
  • Mpumalanga Department of Health
  • National Health Research Committee

  • National Health Research Ethics Council
  • National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)
  • National Institute Community Development and Management (NICDAM)
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • National Research Fund
  • Northern Cape Department of Health
  • North-West Department of Health
  • Optimizing Performance by Improving Quality (OPIQ)
  • Consortium, in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Project Last Mile
  • Right to Care
  • Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Solugrowth (Solutions for Growth) (Pty) Ltd
  • TB/HIV Care
  • The Aurum Institute
  • The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Western Cape Department of Health